Disabled and Dedicated

In the book The Count of Monte Cristo, there is a character is who is grandfather and he is completely paralyzed and communicates through blinking. A “yes” is one blink and a “no” is two blinks. When I read about this, it made me think of people who REALLY do live like this. I couldn’t imagine living with this type of disability, I’m sure it’s tough at first and it’s something that can be very challenging. However, there are many people who have overcome their disabilities/paralysis. It just shows that pretty much anything IS possible. It’s very uplifting to read about these people and see what they have accomplished.
Marla Runyan


Disability: Blind

Runyan developed Stargardt’s Disease, which left her legally blind. Marla Runyan is a three time national champion in the women’s 5000 meters. She won four gold medals in the 1992 summer Paralympics. In the 1996 Paralympics she won silver in the shot put and gold in the Pentathlon. In 2000 she became the first legally blind paralympian to compete in the Olympic games in Sydney, Australia. She holds various American records. Also, he co-wrote and published her autobiography ‘No Finish Line: My Life As I See It’

Ludwig van Beethoven

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Disability: Deaf

Beethoven is widely regarded as one of the greatest composers in history. He gave his first public performance as a pianist when he was only 8 years old. He studied under the guidance of Mozart. By his mid-twenties he had earned a name for himself as a great pianist. In the year 1796 Beethoven began losing his hearing. In spite of his illness, he created some of the greatest works of music. He achieved all this despite being completely deaf for the last 25 years or so of his life.

Hellen Keller

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Disability: Blind and Deaf

Helen Adams Keller was an American author, political activist and lecturer. She was the first deafblind person to earn a Bachelor of Arts degree. Keller’s teacher, Sullivan, taught Helen to communicate by spelling words into her hand, beginning with d-o-l-l for the doll that she had brought her as a present. A prolific author, Keller was well traveled and was outspoken in her opposition to war. She campaigned for women’s suffrage, workers’ rights, and socialism.. In 1920, she helped to found the American Civil Liberties Union. Keller met many U.S. presidents and traveled to many countries with her teacher

Christopher Reeve

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Christoper Reeve is most know for his acting and his role as Superman. He was also a producer, screen writer, and an activist. He was left quadriplegic after being thrown from a horse. He was left with a breathing apparatus and in a wheelchair. He still accomplished many things after his accident. He founded the Christopher Reeve Foundation and was believing in human embryonic stem cell research.


2 thoughts on “Disabled and Dedicated

    • Thank you 🙂 Yeah I wanted to find some well known people, to the point where readers would have heard of at least one of them. Thanks for reading and commenting!

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